First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Program helps students transition to college by:

  • offering classroom opportunities that maximize academic success;
  • building positive relationships among faculty, staff and students;
  • and providing campus-wide resources tailored to first-year students. 

Faculty and staff help students understand the value and usefulness of a liberal arts education so that they can have a richer learning experience. Students in the program learn the differences between the academic expectations in high school and college and perform better academically.   

In and out of the classroom, faculty and staff prepare students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and community leaders.  For example, some classes include a service learning component, where students participate in out-of-class activities to learn the real-world value of the classes they are taking.  Other classes might feature assignments asking students to apply what they are learning to a new problem or challenge. 

We focus on the skills students need for academic and career success.  These much-needed skills may include:

  • Note-taking
  • Time management
  • Financial management
  • Critical reading
  • Using technology for educational purposes
  • Number sense/math anxiety